The Lowchen has a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years.
The true origin of the Lowchen is a source of mystery. Some speculate the breed was developed in Russia, while others point to Germany or the Mediterranean. The first recorded mention of the Lowchen dates back to the mid-the 15th century. During that time, the Lowchen was found in nearly every type of household from cottages to farms to castles.
The Lowchen weighs 9 to 18 pounds and measures 12 to 14 inches.
The Lowchen has a long, silky coat that is no-to-low shedding. Although the Lowchen’s coat does not shed much, it is rather high maintenance. If shown, the Lowchen’s coat needs to be cut into a lion trim. A lion trim involves leaving the coat natural on the forequarters and clipped close to the skin on the hindquarters. Cuffs of hair are left around all four ankles and the tail is clipped to the base where it is left with a plume. If not being shown, the Lowchen’s coat can be cut into a simple puppy trim.
Regardless of their coat style, the Lowchen should be brushed weekly and bathed either once a week (if shown) or once a month (if not shown). Like all dogs, the Lowchen also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Lowchen is joyful and friendly.
The Lowchen is a sweet and affectionate companion that gets along well with just about everyone. The Lowchen is highly people oriented and especially adores children. They can be great playmates for children; Lowchens are happy and lively, but not hyper.
The Lowchen has an outgoing personality and craves attention and affection. The Lowchen wants nothing more than to be with their family and is prone to developing separation anxiety if left alone for too long.
The Lowchen is intelligent and responsive, making them easily trainable. The Lowchen responds well to commands and once they understand the basics, they can go on to participate in obedience and agility.
The Lowchen is friendly and welcoming, but can be shy or timid if not well socialized at an early age. The Lowchen should have lots of socialization with people and other dogs as part of their training.
Although small, the Lowchen loves a vigorous play session and brisk walk. The Lowchen needs a long daily walk as well as regular time outside in a secure area to run around and play.